Royal Challengers Bangalore edged Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in Match 42 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
After setting a target of 203, the home team kept picking up wickets at important moments to disrupt the flow of runs from the visitors.
Eventually, the equation came down to KXIP needing 30 off the last two overs; they could only score 12 and finished at 185-7.
Earlier in the evening, RCB rode on the back of AB de Villiers’ 82 and Marcus Stoinis’ 46, and their unbeaten 121-run partnership.
RCB scored 70 runs in the powerplay, added 29 in the next seven overs, and added a further 103 runs in the final seven overs – 64 of those in the last three overs.
Kings XI Punjab looked threatening in their run chase but kept on losing set batsmen at every occasion.
Several batsmen got off to starts but not one made a 50, 60 or 70. Nicholas Pooran’s 46 (28 balls, 1 four, 5 sixes) and KL Rahul’s 42 (27 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) were the two top scores in the chase.
For RCB, Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Navdeep Saini (2-33) were the pick of the bowlers.